If only the State Department were as neutral as its new passports. Instead, the office--headed by Secretary Hillary Clinton--is using its power to muscle through the President's liberal social agenda.
Last week, FRC slammed the State Department's latest decision to scrub the references to "mother" and "father" on passports and replace them with "parent 1" and "parent 2." As Clinton knows all too well, these sorts of incremental changes help to chip away authority from the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and woman.
But her department, which insisted that the edits would not "involve any expense to taxpayers," seems oblivious of the cultural costs. One of the writers outraged by the controversy, says "familial anomalies will inevitably exist. But this doesn't mean they should be normalized." Instead, he blasts, America has "become so darn inclusive, we're including the poison pill in the software of civilization."
Secretary Clinton, sensing a fight with the new House majority, decided after the outcry to tamp down the changes. Instead of stripping "mother" and "father" from the forms completely, she's ordered the paperwork to include the options of either "mother or parent 1" and "father or parent 1." Clinton may see the move as a compromise, but the only thing she's compromised is the importance of the traditional family.